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What’s New: October 2012

New and recent releases from Kurt Elling, Melody Gardot, Curtis Stigers, and a never-before-issued 1968 nightclub recording of pianist Bill Evans.

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New in a manner of speaking: TOP OF THE GATE gives us a fresh look at pianist Bill Evans 44 years later.

When it comes to contemporary jazz and popular song vocalists, Cassandra Wilson and Kurt Elling are two of today’s most critically-acclaimed performers. We’ll be hearing new music from them, as well as recent releases from singers Melody Gardot and Judi Silvano, pianist Eric Reed and vocalist Jose James’ duet take on Thelonious Monk’s “Round Midnight,” and a previously unreleased nightclub performance by pianist Bill Evans, recorded in New York City in 1968.

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